BTEC Nationals

Why Should I Study This Course?

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care is a course for students with an interest in the work of the Health and Social Care sectors. It generally taken alongside one more A level qualification as part of a 2 year programme of learning. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

BTEC Health and Social Care is suitable for a wide range of students due to the board subject content and the varied methods of assessment. This course is the equivalent to 2 A levels and so a keen interest in the care is essential – the organisations, client groups, and professionals who make up the health and social care sectors.

Course Breakdown

This qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels.
There are 8 units which are covered over 2 years. The units covered are:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Promoting Public Health
  • Sociological Perspectives

A choice of:

  • Caring for Individuals with Dementia
  • Assessing Children’s Development Support Needs

How is the Course Assessed?

5 units are internally assessed by way of coursework portfolio.

How is the Course Examined?

3 units are externally assessed by way of examinations lasting 1.5 hours each.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

BTEC Health and Social Care is suitable for a wide range of students due to the board subject content and the varied methods of assessment. This course is the equivalent to 2 A levels and so a keen interest in the care is essential – the organisations, client groups, and professionals who make up the health and social care sectors.

Further Information

Employers, professional bodies and higher education providers have worked with the exam board as part of the Employers and Stakeholder Advisory Group. Universities, professional bodies and businesses have provided letters of support confirming that these qualifications meet their entry requirements. These letters can be viewed on the Pearson website (above).

BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

Health and Social Care Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Ms A Blackburn
Mrs J Shea
Mr S Smith